Health

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Maternal and child survival. Water access. Family planning. HIV and AIDS education. Our community-centric health programs are critical to lifting families out of poverty.

 

Speak Out for Mothers

Maternal mortality is a global epidemic, with one mother dying every two minutes. Join CARE to help mothers and children survive.

 

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When women have access to family planning, they and their children live healthier lives. Tell Congress moms deserve reproductive health care.

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MATERNAL HEALTH

One woman dies every two minutes during pregnancy or childbirth. What’s even more unacceptable is that most of these deaths are absolutely preventable. We are outraged, and determined to help women — and their children — live.

 

FAMILY PLANNING

When women and their partners have access to family planning information and services, everyone benefits. Maternal mortality rates drop, children are healthier and better educated, incomes rise and relationships are stronger.

 

CHILD SURVIVAL

Each year, almost seven million children under age five die due to malnutrition, poor maternal health and diseases like malaria. We train health workers, educate parents and distribute needed supplies to keep children healthy.

CLEAN WATER

Water can change lives. Because our work helping communities access clean water and sanitation isn’t just about reducing the risks of illness. It also saves time that can instead be spent on activities that improve livelihoods.

HIV & AIDS

More than seven million HIV+ people have no access to treatment — and half of all new infections occur among women. We offer education, support, treatment and prevention services to combat the pandemic and help affected families.

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Reaching New Heights

In Bangladesh, the numbers were astounding. And baffling.

“Stunting,” a measure of the shortfall in a child’s growth due to chronic malnutrition, had plummeted at nearly twice the rate of the typical food security program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Compounding the surprise: These children were growing taller in the poorest parts of Bangladesh. 

Certainly part of the explanation was in the comprehensive nature of SHOUHARDO, a $126 million USAID program implemented by CARE in partnership with the government of Bangladesh. 

The wide array of interventions under SHOUHARDO included maternal and child health and nutrition, sanitation, homestead food production and income generation. 

But another force had the greatest impact on malnutrition. The game-changer? Women's empowerment.

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#StealTheseStats w/@CARE800 women die every day during pregnancy or childbirth. #mothersmatter
#StealTheseStats w/@CARE 98% of infant mortality deaths occur in developing countries. #savechildren
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREWomen aged 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa are 8x more likely to contract HIV than men. #empowerwomen
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREEvery 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. #protectchildren

Surviving Childbirth: A Community Effort

In Afghanistan, one out of every 11 mothers dies during pregnancy or childbirth — and the odds of their babies surviving are not much better.

Watch how CARE is training community educators to help mothers and their babies stay healthy.

 

Where We Work

CARE works in 86 countries around the world to support over 900 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects.